Tampa Fuel Efficient Rentals
With gas starting to peak over $4.00 per gallon, a lot of savvy travelers are renting cars with an eye on fuel efficiency. If you are looking for a high mpg car that is still sporty or an electric hybrid, Budget Rent A Car is your source. Budget keeps a nice inventory of fuel efficient cars in Miami and Tampa at economical rates. Among the variety of fuel efficient cars that Budget carries are the high performance Mini Cooper, the electric hybrid Toyota Prius, and even their regular compact category.
For the traveler who seeks good fuel economy but still have a high performance ride, Budget offers the mini cooper. The Mini Cooper is powered by a 1.6 liter four-cylinder engine. While it gets a best of 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, it can still do 0 to 60 in 6.2 seconds and has a nice stiff suspension for excellent handling. There are not many of these in inventory so it’s best if you can rent far in advance.
The wildly successful Toyota Prius is the crown jewel of fuel efficient cars. The 1.8 liter motor which produces 98 hp combined with the ability to switch over to its electric motor produces 48 mpg in the city and 51 mpg on the highway. In 2009, Toyota made improvements to its styling and visibility. With unlimited mileage included in the rental, this is a great choice if you plan on doing a lot of driving while in Florida.
Budget has created a program called “Go Greener, Driver Cleaner” where all cars in this category are very good environmental performers, having met stringent U.S. EPA Smartway guidelines. In the Budget rental group, the compact, midsize and even full size cars fit under this program. The most common car in the compact category is the new Ford Focus. The Ford Focus has a 2.0 liter; four-cylinder motor gets 25 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. Combine this with an MP3 player, and a safe, comfortable ride the compact category is a great value.
To reserve one of these cars, simply click on the Budget link on the home page of www.floridascarrentals, and enter your dates. Under our contract, Budget automatically takes 3% off of their normally published rates. The pricing in both base rate and after all taxes pops up instantly to help you make your decision. Payment is not needed until time of drop off. With the “specialty” cars such as the Toyota Prius, Budget will require you secure the reservation with your address and credit card. No charge will be placed on your credit card at this time. However, if you decide not to pick the car up and cancel with LESS than 48 hours notice, they will place a $90 charge on your credit card.
Demand is fairly crisp so it is best to place your reservation early so you can have the driving experience you desire while on business or pleasure in Florida.